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WWII POW Mess Kit & Canteen Prisoner Artwork - AMAZING

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#1 stealthytyler

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:28 PM

This mess kit and canteen set belonged to Chief Machinist's Mate P*A*U*L  G*O*L*L*Y during his time as a prisoner of war in the Osaka POW Camp (later re-designated as Nagoya Camp #2-B.) in Japan. Paul was captured during the Battle of Corregidor in early May of 1942. He was imprisoned for over 1,226 days until his release in September of 1945. At some point during his capture, I believe that Paul picked up this kit from a soldier named R*A*M*O*N  P  M*E*N*D*O*Z*A. Records show that Ramon was also captured during the Battle of Corregidor. His name is stamped into the cup. I believe that the artwork was made during Paul's imprisonment due to the fact that he wrote Osaka POW Camp. The name of the camp changed to Nagoya #2-B in I believe 1945. Also, he wrote on the cup, "Memoirs of Prison 1942 to 19__" He did not know when he was going to be rescued so he left the later date blank. I have included photographs of all the artwork present on the kit. I have also included a photograph of Paul, some supporting documents and a passage from a post-rescue interview with a lawyer building a case against the prison guards that mentions Paul being punished by a Japanese guard. This will be an ongoing research project but I wanted to share what I have to date. Enjoy and please leave a comment!

 

 

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:29 PM

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:29 PM

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:30 PM

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:32 PM

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:32 PM

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:33 PM

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:33 PM

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:44 PM

That is one nice looking mess kit.  The artwork and amount of it is amazing.  Congratulations on being the owner of such a historical piece.



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Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:54 PM

Great historical items. Those men had a really tough war. Glad he survived to age 71. Congrats. Bob



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Posted 27 February 2017 - 10:23 PM

Here is an aerial view of the camp

 

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 10:54 PM

Here is a photo of the POW camp staff and guards. One of the guards nicknamed SPEEDO is illustrated on the cup. 

 

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 11:48 PM

Better photo of the staff and guards. SPEEDO is back row, 2nd from left. 

 

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 06:14 AM

That is by far the nicest trench art I have ever seen and the history on it is beyond incredible!!!

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Posted 28 February 2017 - 08:24 AM

Better than most things I've seen in museums! Outstanding!


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